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Dampier's Monkey, the South Seas Voyages of William Dampier

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William Dampier, the 'devil's mariner' as he has been called, a far voyager and traveller extraordinaire, lived in an era when, more truly than in other periods of history, the past was being put behind the present, and everything was new - a new world discovered by the first stirrings of the new science, under a new political and economic formation.

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Paperback, First edition, 545 pages
Published 2010 by Wakefield Press
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Australian history or the history of exploration
William Dampier was the first Englishman to set foot on Australian soil but he sailed away without claiming it for the British. This is said to be because he found it unprepossessing, but there's more to it than that. This fascinating book analyses his journals and books to reveal a complex and morally ambiguous man whose story deserves to be better known.
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Adrian Mitchell retired from academic life at the University of Sydney in 2006, though he has remained an honorary research associate in the Department of English since then. In the respite from that kind of confusion he has managed to publish five previous books, all with Wakefield Press, and all hovering about the interface of fiction and nonfiction. These are all stories of people and communiti ...more